Wedding Wednesday: Videographers. What’s The Big Deal Anyway?

Hey y’all! Another week and another Wedding Wednesday where I ask Tulle Nation for some advice and opinions. It’s about videography. Basically, I’m trying to figure out what the big deal is. WHY is hiring a videographer so damn important to so many people and WHY is it so expensive?

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Now, don’t get me wrong. I am cheap but I’m not a cheapskate – I understand the concept of paying for quality and stellar services (after all, I’m handing over a whopping 1/3 of my entire budget to my wedding photographer). But… I’m on a serious budget y’all and wondering if it’s really necessary to hire a professional videographer on top of my photography team. Why not just set up a camera on a tripod and hit record (after all, that’s what we got for our Alaska civil ceremony)? I mean, I’m not looking for Oscar quality memories here – just a record of our Texas vows.

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I know, I know. The quality is better, the sound is better, the editing is amazing. But I’m really not the kind of person who enjoys sitting around looking at videos of me (in my mind, that smacks of arrogance and narcissism) but I do want some kind of a remembrance of the day. Do I really want to shell out that kind of dough for a DVD that we’ll look at maybe once or twice ever? And let’s not even begin to talk about how much I haaaate those wedding videos where guests get handed the microphone and say something to the happy couple. Oy. Inevitably, someone is drunk, someone is stupid, someone tells an inappropriate story, and then some old person tries to give their drive-through window order. No. Thank. You.

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And that brings me to the money issue. We have none. And, from my research, good wedding videographers start at around $1,200.00 in our area. START! That’s more than I’m planning on spending on booze and food for my reception. I just look at that monetary amount and hyperventilate thinking of what else I could be spending the money on.

So, Tulle Nation, tell me why I should go with a videographer on my wedding day? Or, tell me why you think it’s totally over-rated. Do you think they’re worth the price (and do you have any Texas Hill Country/Austin/San Antonio wedding videographers recommendations)? Or maybe you have some advice for me on DIYing a wedding video of our day. Bring it on… in the comments.